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Iran, Afghanistan stress expansion of ties

IRNA

Kabul, Oct 12, IRNA -- Iranian Ambassador in Kabul Mohammad Reza 
Bahrami conferred here Saturday with Head of Afghan Interim Government
Hamed Karzai on issues of mutual interest, Afghan developments, 
Tehran-Kabul ties as well as the upcoming drafting of the Afghan 
constitution. 
Bahrami said the drafting of the new constitution, to be ratified 
by the `Loya Jirga` in November, is an important development for 
Afghanistan. 
"Iran is ready to cooperate in any manner to ensure the smooth 
process of ratification of the constitution and implementing of the 
Bonn agreement." 
Karzai lauded Tehran`s assistance in this regard saying "The 
progress in Afghanistan is the result of serious efforts rendered by 
by its government and people." 
"Nothing could hinder the progress of Afghanistan and its efforts 
to establish peace and stability," Karzai added. 
In a separate meeting on Saturday, Bahrami met with Afghan 
planning minister Mohammad Mohaqeq and discussed Afghan 
reconstruction, bilateral relations and other developments. 
Iran has been keen to participate in the reconstruction of the 
war-shattered nation with a series of economic-trade measures. 
Visiting Afghan First Deputy Minister for Agriculture and Monetary
Mohammad Sharif said here last month that Iran plays a significant 
role in reconstruction of his country. 
Afghan constitution has envisaged foreign investment and commerce,
he said adding that the time is now ripe for Iranian businessmen who 
enjoy common culture, religion and language. 
Afghan people welcome Iranian-made products, he said adding that 
the Afghan officials are willing to benefit from Iran`s science, 
technological know-how and experience in various fields. 
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